The City Council asked for more decorum at its town hall meetings held the first Tuesday of every month.Read More
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State Rep. Jon Hardister agreed that in the proposed state education bond referendum it appeared that Guilford County as the third largest school system in the state “was not getting as much as it should.”Read More
Somebody in Raleigh doesn’t much like Guilford County, in fact a whole bunch of folks must not like Guilford County judging from House Bill 241 which if passed would put a referendum for a $1.9 billion bond for statewide education construction on the ballot in 2020, but wouldn’t do much for Guilford County.Read More
The whole Michael Cohen Congressional testimony provides a fascinating look at the wonderful world of politics. Back when Cohen was in President Donald Trump’s camp, the Republicans put a lot of credence in what he said and the Democrats said he was a sleazy lawyer and a liar.Read More
Kimberly Sowell, was appointed as a Greensboro assistant city manager according to a Tuesday afternoon press release.Read More
Mayor Nancy Vaughan has asked for advice on how to make the City Council meetings run smoother and be more productive.
Having attended the vast majority of City Council meetings since 1992, it would be shocking if I didn’t have some advice to offer.Read More
The third round of Participatory Budgeting is kicked off this month, but it raises the question how can it be called Participatory Budgeting when in the first two rounds about 99.6 percent of the people in Greensboro did not participate.Read More
The next fiscal year starts July 1, 2019 it should not be shocking that city staff is talking about budget projections for the upcoming year. But when the next fiscal year is mentioned my head uncontrollably jerks aroundRead More
Greensboro has had electric buses running routes since Jan. 31, however like a soft opening for a new business, Thursday, Feb. 21 was the official grand opening of the electric bus program and Gov. Roy Cooper came to help celebrate.Read More
District 1 Councilmember Sharon Hightower frequently complains about the treatment her district receives from the city. At the City Council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 5 one of her complaints was that the police responded to calls in her district slower than they did to calls in other City Council districts. Hightower said, “My district doesn’t get any kind of response. They don’t get fair treatment across the city.”Read More
If you happen to a be a taxpayer in Greensboro you have no one on the City Council looking out for your interests.Read More
More government regulations, more government employees to enforce them and how to pay for it, is what the Greensboro City Council will be considering at its work session on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 4 p.m. in the Plaza Level Conference Room.Read More
The Greensboro City Council and the Guilford Legislative Delegation had a cordial meeting at the ACC Hall of Champions in the Greensboro Coliseum Complex on Friday morning.Read More
Social media is pretty amazing.
Thursday afternoon Joymongers Brewing Co. posted a notice on its Facebook page stating that because of a Guilford County Health Department interpretation of state regulations, dogs would no longer be allowed in the brewery taproom. According to the post because taprooms were not defined in the regulations the Guilford County Health Department had decided to treat taprooms as restaurants.Read More
The Greensboro City Council is meeting with the Guilford County Legislative Delegation Friday, Feb. 15 at 10 a.m. in the ACC Hall of Champions at the Greensboro Coliseum.Read More
Some departments are so well run that you don’t read much about them in the news. One of those is Greensboro Workforce Development and the force behind Workforce Development, Director Lillian Plummer is retiring on Feb. 28.Read More
Greensboro now owns the Guilford County mental health building and the 2.6 acre lot it’s on at the corner of West Friendly Avenue and North Eugene Street.Read More
For the past six months when asked about the February One Place parking deck and Westin Hotel project the answer from city officials has been “We’re making progress.”Read More
eBay calls it Retail Revival, but it sounds more like eBay is going to adopt a bunch of small businesses in Greensboro and raise them up right. What small business wouldn’t want to be adopted eBay one of the country’s most successful internet companies worth about $42 billion.Read More
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper issued a strong statement calling for Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to resign because of the photos that may or may not be Northam in “black face” or dressed as a member of the KKK on his 1984 Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook page.
But there are some similar photos in the yearbook for UNC-Chapel Hill in 1979, when Cooper was a student and a member of the Chi Psi fraternity, that were revealed in an article in the British newspaper The Daily Mail on Wednesday, Feb. 6.
The photos in the Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook are on Northam’s personal yearbook page; and whether he is in them or not, according to one of the editors of the yearbook, the students submitted the photos for their personal page, although Northam now says he did not submit that one.
Regarding the Northam photos, Cooper stated:“This is a reprehensible picture that is deeply disappointing and I know must come with pain beyond what many of us can even understand. Resignation is the only way forward.”
In the UNC-Chapel Hill yearbook for 1979, while Cooper was a student at Carolina, there is a photo of two members of the Chi Phi fraternity in KKK garb with a noose around the neck of a white man made up in black face, and on the next page are more students made up in black face.
The photos are of the Chi Phi fraternity and Cooper was a member of Chi Psi, so it is a different fraternity; and unlike Northam there is no indication that Cooper had anything to do with the photos, but Cooper’s name appears in the yearbook on the page after the offending photos. Evidently Cooper missed the yearbook photo shoot for his fraternity and is listed as “Not Pictured.”
The Daily Mail ran a long story on the photos and on Cooper, noting that Cooper had demanding Northam’s resignation because of photos on Northam’s page in his medical school yearbook.
Northam first apologized for the photos and then denied he was in them or even knew where they came from. Northam, however, has admitted to being made up in black face for a party while he was a student.
The photos in Yackety Yack, the Carolina yearbook, are from a different fraternity, and in the photo of Cooper’s fraternity, Chi Psi, there appears to be a couple of black members. It seems highly unlikely that a fraternity with black members would also have white members made up in black face for parties or dressed up as members of the KKK.
But the photos are in the Carolina yearbook on the pages before Cooper’s name and he made no mention of them when he called for Northam to resign.
So far, Cooper has made no public statement about the yearbook photos.Read More
Tuesday City Council talked about pulling the plug on the entire recycling program.
Greensboro Field Operations Director Dale Wyrick was going over options for the City Council to consider next year when recycling in Greensboro is going to get a whole lot more expensive.Read More
The Greensboro City Council may have finally had enough.
After hours of being yelled at by the same group of people about the same issue, the City Council at the suggestion of Councilmember Justin Outling discussed altering its town hall meetings which have been held once a month for over year.Read More
The draft of the new Minority and Women’s Business Enterprise Program Plan will be reviewed by the Greensboro City Council at a work session in the Plaza Level Conference Room on Tuesday Feb. 5 at 3:30 p.m.Read More
The Greensboro City Council is spending more money than the City of Greensboro has coming in as revenue.Read More
The latest book by New York Timesbestselling author Jerry Bledsoe, a memoir titled Do-Good Boy: An Unlikely Writer Confronts the ‘60s and Other Indignities,is now available in print.Read More
The Greensboro City Council is going to get some unwelcomed news at its work session on Tuesday, Feb. 5.Read More
Roy Carroll, president and chief executive officer of The Carroll Companies, tweeted an announcement today that The Carroll Companies had purchased the 6.6 acre site at the corner of Hobbs Road and Friendly Avenue, that had been the center of one of the most controversial zoning battles in recent timesRead More
It seems like everyday somebody is announcing their plans to run for office in 2020. A lot of the announcements are by Democratic presidential hopefuls, but the announcements about statewide offices are also picking up.Read More
There is good news and bad news about the confluence (you can hardly call it an intersection) of Battleground Avenue, Lawndale Drive, Westover Terrace, Cornwallis Road, Pembroke Road, Green Valley Road, Sunset Drive and whatever else is in that transportation disaster area.Read More
This may be considered a preemptive strike that has little chance of being successful.Read More
Don’t tell anyone because it’s kind of a secret but on Thursday, Jan. 31 Greensboro will become the first city in North Carolina to incorporate electric buses into its public transportation fleet.Read More
It looks like just another press release from the City of Greensboro about yet another public meeting, but for those interested in downtown development this one is a blockbuster.Read More
A crowd of bundled up folks gathered in the cold at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Bragg Street at 2 p.m. on Monday to dedicate the much traveled bust of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in its new and everyone hopes permanent location.Read More
The meeting of the Greensboro Criminal Justice Advisory Commission (GCJAC) held Thursday, Jan. 17 was surprising calm and businesslike considering the fact that two high profile members of the commission had been removed by the City Council on Tuesday night.Read More